Dear Zoobean Readers,
Today marked the launch of a social media movement designed to raise awareness about the lack of diversity in children's books. The creators of this campaign aim to “get enough people to participate to make the hashtag trend and grab the notice of more media outlets.” And, ultimately, to force the publishing industry's hand in releasing a more diverse array of characters in children's books. To give you a sense for this lack of diversity, below is an illustrated representation of books published just a couple of years ago. 2013 did not fare much better.
Inclusion Matters to Us...It Always Has
If you are in our community, then you already know that inclusion is one of Zoobean's core values. We are committed to building a Library of books that reflect all types of people, families, interests, and much more. We tag every book on Zoobean such that parents and loved ones are empowered with a diverse set of stories and resources. With Zoobean, they are better equipped to help kids express themselves and feel a part of their community. Even as we grow, this commitment to inclusion remains core to who we are and what we do.
Share Your Story and We'll Thank You
We hope that you will share your perspective about why #WeNeedDiverseBooks and tag #Zoobean. In fact, if you do, we'll send you a special thank you, and of course share your image with our community. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
More From Zoobean and Our Experts
We have previously visited this topic in articles including, "When Values Collide with Business: Ethnicity in Children's Books," "Incidental," and, "Two Pieces of Advice from Geena Davis." Visit us on Google+ to view many of our Zoobean Expert conversations that touched on this topic.